Untouched Vegetable Tray Transformed into Soup

Last Thursday I hosted book club. It starts at 7 so most people eat dinner before they arrive. The dark chocolate, the red grapes, the raspberry rugalach and roasted almonds were the preferred snacks. I ate a few pieces of the vegetable tray with some hummus but threw them all in a pot today with an onion (chopped) and a couple of garlic cloves. I debated chopping them up first but did it the lazy way. Added a can of tomatoes and a rind from the Parmegiano-Reggiano. Salt, pepper and a bottle of water. (The portable dishwasher was hooked up to the faucet) After it simmered awhile, the carrots cooked, I got out the immersion blender and then added canellini beans. A tasty soup on a snowy day.

Through a Neighbor’s Fence

Walking to book club (to discuss The Madonnas of Leningrad), I came across this single blossom which had poked through the slats of my neighbor’s fence. The setting sun illuminated the new green leaves. Unretouched Photo.

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Book Club Dessert and a Peachy Sky

The book club on the next block meets the second Thursday of the month and takes the summer months off.

Who knows what the choice will be for September.

Tonight we discussed a memoir Olive Witch by Abeer Y. Hoque

Our hostess N served this lovely parfait/ sundae IMG_7336the walk home at sunset offered this gorgeous sky

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Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe in Millvale

 

Tupelo Honey Teas 

They’ve been open since Halloween. Today was my first visit.

You know how I zip across the  Allegheny River to get my framing done at Panza Gallery, sip a brew and eat a dinner special at Grant Bar or load up on Brioche and macarons at Jean-Marc Chatteliers Bakery?

Millvale PA posts frequent the blog.

This afternoon I stopped in the Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe and had a delicious ginger tea.

There’s a monthly calendar of activities and events-

January 19th it’s Third Thursday Theater- Steel City Shakespeare- Edgar Allen Poe  7-9 ,

Knitting on Tuesdays at 6:30-9

Book Club(s) local author and mystery,

Brunch and Bluegrass (Devin Moses) on Jan 29th 10-2

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There is a connecting door to the Community Library

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Book Club Held During Power Outage

It was all candles.  Candles on the mantel, the table, the desk in the hall.  It was very dark. I thought all of us looked great by candlelight.  We discussed The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The power was off for about two hours.  Fortunately the night before I baked a Gateau di Sirop (recipe)with a bottle of Steen’s Cane  Syrup. Baked Split Second Cookies with Bon Maman Fig Jam.  Extra sharp cheddar and Honeycrisp apple slices.  And Tess and Chris brought me a box of St. Moritz truffles from Oxford Centre downtown. Lovely.  A gold box with an oval window in the middle.  There’s a spider and a tiny dancer one and a pumpkin one and each one is delicately embellished.  Just before everyone arrived, Laura had sent a picture on my phone of a lovely ring on a finger.  Then she called. James Weaver asked her to marry him and she said YES. It was a happy night!

Tess told me every flavor and I promptly forgot almost all of them. Going to have to eat each one and be surprised,

What Makes Bookclub Enjoyable

The people, of course but  you have to check out this spread! You read a book. Or two. Discuss. Some people just hate the books chosen, and others love them. Tonight it was James Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. You read things you might not have picked.  We didn’t meet all summer.   Tonight it was at Joan’s- everything from her garden.  Heirloom tomatoes on homemade focaccia crust and a spinach golden raisin pine nut one. Oatmeal Crispies and a flavorful small watermelon.  Oh yes, the books. Sergio by Samantha Power and everyone had thumbs down for Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Heirloom tomatoes on Focaccia Crust.
The Gladiolas were from Joan's garden and the sunlight shone on them.